Troy Brown is a former New England Patriot and 3x Super Bowl Champion. Brown was born July 2nd, 1971 in Barnwell, South Carolina and attended Blackville-Hilda High School where he won a state championship as a kick returner and receiver. During his college career at Marshall University, he filled the wide-receiver position and set a NCAA record for kickoff returns. In 1992, Brown helped lead Marshall to their first-ever national championship, intercepting Youngstown State’s Hail Mary pass in the last seconds of the game to secure a Thundering Herd victory.
After attending Marshall University, Brown was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 8th round of the 1993 NFL Draft, where he remained for the entirety of his 15-year career. In 2001, Brown led the team to their first Super Bowl championship alongside quarterback Tom Brady, and assisted the Patriots in earning two more championships in 2003 and 2004. Brown is tied for the franchise record with three punt returns for touchdowns and breaking the franchise record for yards per punt return average.Over his career, Brown demonstrated incredible versatility, primarily filling the wide receiver position, but also contributing as kick returner, cornerback and even lining up as an emergency quarterback in the 2006 preseason.
Brown is the second-longest playing Patriot in history, retiring from football after 15 seasons with the team in 2008. He ranks second in franchise history for both receptions (557) and receiving yards (6,366). In 2010, Brown was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame, and has since been honored by being inducted into the New England Patriot Hall of Fame in 2012, as well as the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
In his retirement, Brown has continued his legacy by giving back to those in need, earning The Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2004 for his commitment to helping others. Brown recently penned a book about his experience on the legendary New England team, entitled Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty (2015). He currently lives in Huntington, WV and has three sons, Sir’mon, Saanjay, and Skylar.
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